What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a process in which one of the managers of an organization or an expert outside the organization, both in terms of awareness and in terms of experience, advises his other colleagues and identifies work models, processes and tools for them. . Human resource mentoring includes unlimited meetings and conversations in the workplace and is consistent with the intended field of work. A mentor is an experienced and professional supporter in the field of customer service. Both coaching and mentoring are mainly focused on current and future achievements.
The United Nations has defined mentoring as follows:
Mentoring refers to the promotion of employees’ personal status through joint collaboration and knowledge sharing. Mentoring provides professional support for employees’ careers and facilitates the transfer of organizational knowledge and culture.
The difference between coaching and mentoring:
Mentoring and coaching have similar approaches and processes in some places, but coaching is a special course of work between coach and client, while the mentoring course can be expanded. A mentor usually has the same expertise as his or her client (mentee) and sometimes works in the same organization and profession, and has already taken the path that his or her client is taking. Today, many organizations prefer to hire mentors from outside the organization and successfully, which has benefits for the organization, which include the following:
1 A mentor can better see the different dimensions of an issue outside the organization
2 Personal and occupational interests do not make sense to the mentor outside the organization, so it is easier to provide feedback and feedback.
3 Mentors and clients do not have work margins within the organization
4 Mentors can easily pass on the experiences of other organizations to clients
Specifically, the human resources mentoring includes the following:
- The collaboration between the mentor and the client can continue for a long time.
- Mentoring sessions can be informal and can be held whenever clients need counseling, guidance, and support.
- The mentor is always more experienced and more qualified than his clients. He is a senior in the organization or an outside expert who can transfer his knowledge and experience.
- Usually the focus is on professional development
- The work schedule is set by the authorities, and the mentor provides the necessary support and guidance based on this program.
- Mentoring focuses directly on developing one’s career.
Specifically, coaching includes the following:
- The contract has a fixed term.
- The schedule of meetings is determined at each meeting and with natural progress and can be scheduled on a regular basis.
- The focus is on developing the strengths and bringing them to the desired level of reference.
- Coaching is useful in developing talents, managing change, and finding specific solutions to professional challenges
- Coaching does not require coaching to have direct experience and expertise related to the client. However, in organizational coaching, they are expected to have a sufficient understanding of the area of work or organization in which the client is working. For example, have sufficient knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry or accounting or information technology, etc., or be familiar with the culture of the organization, such as the culture of startups.
- The coaching agenda is set by the client, and what topic or part of a topic they focus on in each session is the result of an agreement between the coach and the client.
- The agenda of each session depends on the progress and movement of the clients during the coaching process.
Benefits of Participation in Human Resource Mentoring Program:
- The process of supporting employees or other employees in their professional development and goals can have good benefits and feedback for the mentor personally and professionally.
- Developing mentoring skills can help mentors become better managers / leaders.
- Share your mentor’s passion and interests with employees in a way that increases their chances of getting them to work together.
- It is an opportunity to reflect on the professional achievements and lessons learned by the mentor himself.
For (Client) Mentee:
- Get professional support and feedback from a more experienced person
- Ability to focus on specific questions and problems that clients face in their profession
- Forming a business relationship that can lead to professional growth
- It is an opportunity to reflect on one’s own goals and challenges
Duration and manner of holding human resource mentoring sessions:
The mentoring time is agreed between the mentor and the client. Mentoring may take place in a certain number of sessions or in a continuous course. Even mentoring has been observed for the entire duration of the course. The mentor has similar expertise in the field of individual job applicant but with more experience and knowledge. Therefore, the mentor and the client can work together in the same company or the mentor can be hired from another company. Mentoring sessions can be held either in person or by telephone or online.
Here are some tips to help you focus on mentoring sessions:
- Client skills
- The status of job competition of clients
- Job goals and aspirations
- Draw a path to achieve career goals
- Transfer of mentor experience and knowledge
- Coordinating job status and client life
- Learning opportunities for greater job success
- Job Satisfaction
- Gain higher positions in the organization
- Examine individual values and their relevance to the job position
- Creating a positive work environment in the workplace
- Consolidate the current job position
- stress management
- Achieving managerial knowledge in the current job position
- Effective collaboration with people with the same professional background but more knowledge and experience
- Team building
Who is Mentor Coach?
Mentor coaching means that one coach will be moved by another coach in connection with his or her coaching skills in order to prepare for international certification. These skills are specifically related to coaching and have nothing to do with work goals, personal issues, life issues or other issues that are not related to the development of coaching skills.
Mentor Coach is a person who attends another Coach preparation session to prepare him or her for international certification.
Tips that can be helpful for a client:
- Identify your goals and expectations before pursuing a mentor.
- Be prepared to share your hopes and concerns with your mentor.
- Be a pioneer in your relationship with Mentor: This is about your career.
Before each mentoring session, be fully physically and mentally ready to make the most of it.
- Follow up on agreed actions.
- Find out what human resource mentoring is all about:
- An open book about all the answers or a guaranteed path to your success.
- Intermediary tool between you and your manager.
- Psychological counseling
How to find a good mentor:
- Think of your direct colleagues in the company who have similar expertise but more experience, knowledge and managerial ability. They can be your mentor.
- Ask your colleagues if they have a mentor.
- Online professional environments such as LinkedIn and the website of your experts can be useful and effective.
- Choose mentors who also know coaching performance well.
In addition to human resource mentoring, there is coaching, which you can learn more about in the following article:
What is Coaching?